A fantasy martial artist, specializing in unarmed combat. Often a playable character class.

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Are Monks proficient with unarmed strikes by default?

I can't find anything in the PHB that actually says that Monks are proficient with unarmed strikes by default. Their Proficiencies list just says simple weapons and shortswords. Their Martial Arts ...
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Can I exclude characters from understanding my magically understandable speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...
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What's the mechanism for magically understood speech?

The rules for the monk ability Tongue of the Sun and Moon state: Starting at 13th level, you learn to touch the ki of other minds so that you understand all spoken languages. Moreover, any ...
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How can I make fighters and monks better in 3.5e D&D?

So I'm planning to DM a 3.5e D&D game for casual non-optimizing people in a setting I'm creating. In this setting, the base classes I've retained are Fighter, Monk, Wizard, Sorcerer, Cleric, ...
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Dex-to-damage houserule to make monk more viable?

I recently started running a Pathfinder campaign with some friends. Two of the players are pretty experienced, two are brand new, and this is my first time DM'ing. One of the new players is playing a ...
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Would a monk with the tavern brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons?

Would a monk with the tavern brawler feat have improvised weapons count as monk weapons? It states in the monk martial arts feature that: At 1st level, your practice of martial arts gives you ...
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5e D&D Monk/Warlock Build Help [closed]

So I will be playing a 5e D&D campaign soonish for the first time, and have very little experience with D&D so I would like some help with my character build. I am really liking the idea of a ...
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How many times can a monk use Deflect Missile in a round?

One of my players and I got into a debate. I contend that it is for one successful attack per round, while he maintains that it is more of a reaction and can be done as often as needed. Could ...
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What is the best way to increase AC as a Monk?

I'm planing on playing a monk in our next campaign as a backup-tank/semi-tank. At 1st level he has an AC of 14 without armor with 15 Dex/Wis and unarmored defence. Is there a better way to increase ...
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How much movement does a monk need to run up and stand on top of a 50-foot wall?

Whilst perusing the 5e PHB for the first time, I came across the Monk. And just like every other class, after I finished reading all of the Monk Features, I thought to myself WOW This class is ...
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Can my 5th-level monk use Flurry of Blows on both attacks?

My level 5 monk attacks with 1-hand spear 1d6+DEX/Prof 2×/round. Flurry of Blows (FoB) description states: "Immediately after you take the Attack action..." If there are two Attacks, are there ...
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Do Unchained Monks have weapon proficiency with all monk weapons?

Monk Unchained says the following about weapon proficiencies: Monks are proficient with the club, crossbow (light or heavy), dagger, handaxe, javelin, kama, nunchaku, quarterstaff, sai, short ...
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Can a Monk “two-hand” their Unarmed Attack for the sake of Power Attack and the like?

One of the players in my group wants to know if you can basically do a double palm attack as a single attack and get double damage while using Power Attack by way of wielding a weapon with two hands. ...
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Can a Druid/Monk make unarmed strikes while Wild Shaped?

Can a Druid/Monk who is Wild Shaped perform Unarmed Strikes?
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Making a tanky Monk in D&D 5e?

I do have some experience with D&D 3/4, but 5 is pretty much new territory for me. Now, from what I can remember, monks used to be kind of an inbetween pick - not the worst, but not really shining ...
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Has 5e fixed the balance problems of the monk at all?

Many people believe that the monk has balance issues (and is underpowered) in 3.5e and Pathfinder. The goal of this question is not to debate that point but to see what changes the Monk has undergone ...
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Can a Monk use/trigger Defensive Duelist while wielding a monk weapon (or unarmed)?

Defensive Duelist requires wielding a finesse weapon, yet one of Monks' abilities is to treat Monk weapons (including staves and unarmed strikes) as "having finesse" (in all but name: it allows monks ...
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Helping monks overcome non-synergy class abilities [closed]

So most people agree that in Pathfinder the monk suffers in many ways, most commonly MAD and abilities that dont exactly work together, such as their fast movement and flurry of blows. To help the ...
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Is a monk of the empty hand considered proficient with improvised weapons before level 6?

The monk of the empty hand is all about using improvised weapons. However, it can receive the feat "Improvised Weapon Mastery" as a bonus feat only at lvl6. The thing I'm not sure about is: is he ...
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How many effects can a monk impose with open hand technique using flurry of blows

Concerning the Open Hand Technique, if I have a level 6 Monk and I flurry of blows on a single target and I hit with all attacks, can I apply a Str save to all attacks to possibly push a mob back a ...
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Can a Monk throw 2 Daggers (1 in each hand) and gain martial arts bonus?

Monks can use daggers as monk weapons, that part makes sense and is clear. Also, a character can dual wield daggers and thrown them both if they use action + bonus action. But as daggers benefits ...
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Does a monk's ki strike require a swift action?

I was working on a Monk in Pathfinder and carefully reading the entries when this occurred to me. It states that as long as you have one or more ki points in your ki pool you can make a ki strike. ...
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Can a monk using Open Hand Technique knock any size category of creature prone?

The D&D 5e Player's Handbook states: Open Hand Technique Starting when you choose this tradition at 3rd level, you can manipulate your enemy’s ki when you harness your own. Whenever you ...
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How many attacks does a bare-fisted level 1 monk make? [duplicate]

If a monk chooses at level 1 to use his fists does he get to make 3 attacks, assuming he uses his bonus action? Right Fist: 1d4 (unarmed strike) + dex Left Fist: 1d4 + no mod for second weapon Bonus ...
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Does the elemental monk's Water Whip require a source of water?

The Way of the Four Elements monastic tradition includes the Water Whip discipline, which allows the monk to create a whip of water that shoves and pulls a creature to unbalance it. Does the monk ...
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Is there anyway to see through Darkness without removing it?

Simply put, the Shadow Monk gains the ability to cast Darkness, but I'm struggling to see a use for it except to help escaping. Way of the Shadow monk receives Darkness (among a few other spells) and ...
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Can a monk combine Martial Arts with Dual Wielding?

I want to get a clearer ruling of unarmed strike. The way I've read/imagined it is using any part of a humanoid creature's body to hit something else. Fists, kicks, elbows, knees, headbutts, whatever. ...
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Is there any good reason to fight unarmed as a monk?

I'm planing to create an Aarakocra monk and looked for some information about that. I've read multiple times that you will want to use a weapon only until you reach a certain level (I believe it was ...
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What are the advantages to choosing a 2nd Edition Monks over other classes? [closed]

It seems monks have the following: Unarmed dmg is 25% lethal, 75% non lethal The dmg is pre-calculated depending on what you roll on the chart of punching or wrestling or martial arts chart, you ...
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How many attacks would be in a full-attack with this Ratfolk Monk/Ninja?

I've tried doing some research on this, and I'm still confused on the rules. By RAW, how many attacks could I get as a full-attack with this guy? Steve the Testrat, 4 Flowing Monk/16 Ninja (BAB+15), ...
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unarmed strike specifics [duplicate]

So i am a monk/druid, and i wanted to know if i can morph into a bear, and then attack with my unarmed strikes, while gaining the advantage of my claws. claws, as you know, are natural weapons, so ...
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How can I roleplay multiclassing to explain new class features?

A nice broad question to set the scene I'm fairly new to roleplaying and I'm struggling with a valid reasons for both why and how a character would multiclass into another class independently - that ...
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Can Monks Unarmed Strike be used as a basic attack?

I know there are a ton of monk questions and I read as many as I thought might apply but I'm still not sure I understand. First, I am wondering if you can use your Monk Unarmed Strike as a basic ...
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Can I use a full attack and natural attacks in the same round?

I'm playing a 7th level monk variant in D&D 3.5e and I'm a werewolf. The variant has a 1 for 1 BAB. (level 1 = BAB+1) If I'm in hybrid form, Can I make my 2 standard attacks followed by 2 claws ...
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How much damage does my monk's bonus attack do?

I'm playing a monk in our campaign. And at level one I can make an unarmed strike after each attack, but I don't know how to calculate its damage correctly. On a normal attack with a Quarterstaff ...
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How does Flurry of Blows work when wielding two weapons?

I'm trying to understand how FoB interacts with wielding a weapon in each hand. When using Flurry of Blows while wielding two weapons, do I make an attack with each weapon for each additional attack? ...
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Increasing reach of unarmed strikes

Is it possible to increase the reach of a monk's unarmed strikes other than by increasing in size?
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Can a monk's unarmed strikes be enchanted?

I see a lot of forums calling for Kensai and Amulet of Mighty Fists for a monk to enchant their unarmed strikes. I feel it is unnecessary since the SRD states: A monk’s unarmed strike is treated ...
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Does the monks dex bonus to attacks/damage stack with finesse weapons?

I'm playing as a monk, the DM agreed to allow me to use a whip as a monks weapon (think Shaolin monks using chain whips), but we aren't sure how to treat the hit/damage rolls, would they stack or ...
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What Influence Did Sean K. Reynolds Have on Pathfinder's Monk?

As one of the designers, Sean K. Reynolds has a lot of influence on many aspects of the Pathfinder Role-Playing Game. With that said, I would like to learn more about his influence on the Monk's ...
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Can monk move between his extra and bonus attacks?

There are clean rules for moving between actions and between attacks granted by those action (e.g. a fighter with four attacks can move between them freely). But the monk's Flurry of Blows feature is ...
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Does Mage Armor count as armor for the monk's class features?

Does Mage Armor counts as armor in the sense of Monk's Martial Arts or Unarmored Movement requirements? Both features require you to not be wearing armor. (I already know that Mage Armor and Unarmored ...
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How does Mage Armor interact with Unarmored Defense?

If a character with the Unarmoured Defence class feature casts Mage Armour, what is their AC? Do they choose which 'base' AC they take, or do they stack somehow? Is there rules text that explains ...
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Monk's Martial Arts and Polearm Master

I have a problem with an interpretation of outcome of monk with Polearm Master feat and with quarterstaff. You can take the Attack action and attack with quarterstaff using Dex instead of Str and ...
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Can a Monk utilize touch based cantrips with their Unarmed Attacks?

While preparing for my group's first 5e game I was looking at the different classes and stumbled on a question I couldn't answer. For this example I will use druid as the class that the monk ...
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Can Monks gain the benefit of the Dual Wielder Feat with their Unarmed Strikes?

Simply put - can the Monk class use the Dual Wielder Feat with: A (monk) weapon and an unarmed strike? An unarmed strike "in each hand"? Admittedly this is a similar question to this post about ...
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Are monks able to substitute Dexterity for Strength when making Grapple checks?

From the following excerpts: Monk class Feature - Martial Arts You gain the following benefits while you are unarmed or wielding only monk weapons and you aren’t wearing armor or wielding a ...
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With the Deflect Missiles monk feature, does the player know the damage of the attack before choosing to deflect?

Deflect Missile (PHB pg. 78): Starting at 3rd level, you can use your reaction to deflect or catch the missile when you are hit by a ranged weapon attack. I take this to mean that the ...
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Does using “versatile” weapons with 2 hands disqualify them as “Monk Weapons”?

When using either the quarterstaff or spear as a "Monk weapon", do you still gain the unarmed bonus action from Martial Arts if using 2 hands(1d8)? On pg.78 of the PHB under Martial Arts it states ...
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Is Flurry of Blows limited to one target?

PHB pg 78: Immediately after you take the Attack action on your turn, you can spend 1 ki point to make two unarmed strikes as a bonus action. It seems that this means the bonus action has to ...